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Sony’s New Subtitle Glasses Help Hard of Hearing Moviegoers

I love going to the movies. I mean, who doesn’t? But if you’re hard of hearing or wear hearing aids, a trip to the movies can be frustrating. Not many theaters screen movies with closed captions, since most people without hearing problems would rather not see them. The only option is to wear an amplified headset (if the theater provides them) or to keep asking your friend, “What did he say?”sony-closed-caption-glasses

Fortunately, Sony is now outfitting certain theaters with its new Entertainment Access Glasses, which can display captions right in front of the wearer’s eyes that no one else can see.

The lightweight glasses are fitted with small projectors on each side that display green text as an overlay that seems to float in front of the big screen. That way, viewers can see a perfectly clear caption no matter how or where they sit in the theater. Users can also change the brightness of the captions, how far away they appear to be, and even their angle to get the best view possible.

The attached receiver even has audio jacks that can transmit either assistive audio (like the ear pieces many theaters already have) or an audio description of the on-screen action of the blind – though unfortunately, the audio and the caption glasses cannot be used at the same time. Users can also choose from six different sony-closed-caption-glasses-1languages, depending on which ones are available for the movie. On top of that, the glasses support 3D as well, so a person won’t have to somehow fit two more pairs of glasses on their face. Both the audio and closed captions are broadcast from a radio transmitter attached to the theater’s digital cinema server.

Sony has currently begun providing the Entertainment Access Glasses to some of its 4K Digital Cinemas, and recently inked a deal to bring them to Regal Cinemas across the United States.

Check out the video below to hear more about Sony’s new closed caption glasses.

Source: Sony

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About Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein is the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Milwaukee's premier hearing healthcare facility. As the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Mr. Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. He began his career in 1995 at GN Danavox, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. After leaving Danavox, Mr. Bernstein opened two hearing healthcare offices in Chicago, IL. In 2001 he moved to Milwaukee, WI and opened The Hearing Professionals. In 2008 he added a second Wisconsin office in the town of Brookfield. Today The Hearing Professionals is the largest private audiology practice in SE Wisconsin. Mr. Bernstein has written numerous articles on hearing healthcare which has appeared in newspapers throughout the country and has been interviewed by news programs regarding advances in the hearing industry. Mr. Bernstein a member of Unitron’s Customer Advisory Board and a graduate of The University of Minnesota. You can email him at and you can visit The Hearing Professionals at

3 responses »

  1. This is a pretty impressive piece of technology. From captioned phones to captioned glasses, I think we’re making progress as far as establishing equal access for the hearing impaired goes.

  2. These look like great tools for the hearing impaired. We’d love to get our hands on one to try it out and/or review one. For those that don’t know what you are talking about, here is a link to get more information regarding hearing aids.


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